Around the House

This post is going to have a lot of photos since there are just so many things I need to show you. First of all, we had a fantastic Valentine’s Day. We agreed to keep the presents homemade. Our main “gift” was to spend the entire weekend together working on projects around the house together. So, for Robert, I made a fancy Valentine’s Day breakfast. He was at the fire station on Friday evening so Saturday morning when he came home he found a cute little sign on the door, alerting him that he was about to enter “The Valentine Cafe.” The dining room table was all set up in a cozy cafe atmosphere…

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The table setting even featured firefighter friendly LED candles and a small bouquet of flowers.

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The menu consisted of mixed berries (some of them from the freezer), champagne mimosas (one of the last remaining bottles of champagne from the wedding) and homemade donuts because my sweetie loves donuts. They had heart-shaped holes in the center and then we had heart shaped donut holes.

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The donuts were super simple to make quite honestly. The only problem was that I got the timing a bit off and had to set an alarm for 3am to switch them from the warm rise to the fridge. So, that wasn’t too fun. But, it was worth it. Robert really enjoyed his surprise. I also worked with Daisy and she made a valentine for her Daddy, featuring her paw print. I decorated up a little wooden box and filled it with about 30 notecards all full of ideas for various date nights. I also made a simple card and wrote a nice note inside.

When Robert came in to the Valentine Cafe he brought some beautiful multicolored roses and an extremely sweet card which almost made me cry.

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My Valentine’s Day present consisted of the most yummy dinner of chicken with lemon caper cream sauce and asparagus in brown butter not one night, but two. Such a delicious meal. And, it was followed by some lemon cheesecake. Oh. Which made quite a nice breakfast for the rest of the week! And, the other part of my Valentine’s Day present was new, larger garden beds. Three of them to be exact.

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I also got dirt and compost to fill them up. When we were out looking for seeds and bulk dirt, we ran across the little portable greenhouse. It is seriously nifty and very useful since we weren’t sure where in the house we could possibly put all the seeds we wanted to start. I am trying to start as much as possible from seed so we don’t need to go buy a bunch of plants from the nursery. Last year we had good luck with the herbs, but not much else. So, we will see how it goes this year.

We have restarted obedience classes with Daisy. She went into heat after the second class so we took about three weeks off and have started a new class. She is much more well behaved and calm in the pet store now when we go to class, which is very nice. She’s overall extremely well behaved at home too, which is very nice. We are certainly not experts on dogs, Robert had one dog when he was a kid and I have had none, so I think we got very lucky with Daisy having a very laid back temperament. She is very happy to go outside with my when I am hanging clothes out on the line or working in the garden and just sniff around the yard, chase a butterfly or two and roll around in the grass. It sounds pretty normal until I mention that we don’t have a fenced in yard at all. She is happy to hang out with us and not run off and if we look up from our work and she’s wandered out of sight or too close to the road, etc. we call her and she comes happily trotting back by our side to see what’s going on. She is so incredibly sweet and calm and laid back. Hopefully when we go camping this spring she will be a little less timid and enjoy it more. I think she will. She is much more confident in us now as well so it should be easier for her to be confident in varying surroundings.

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March is going to be a crazy month. I will be in Indiana the first week for a family quilting retreat and then home for about two days before heading to Austin for the SXSW interactive festival. After all that, I’m guessing I’ll be very happy to come home and sleep in my own bed, snuggle with my husband and my puppy and just relax. Of course, I’ll be about two weeks behind on work so there won’t be too much time to relax. The garden will be ready for planting by then too. Hooray!

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